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Summer Show Photography Tips

Summer Show Photography Tips - Here are some top tips for summer show photography with your Pentax camera.

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Image by Emma Kay 

With lots of local summer shows and festivals coming up soon, as well as larger country shows and fayres, now is the perfect time to take a look at some top tips for these events. 

A super zoom will be ideal here, as there will be close-up subjects and those further away to photograph. This will also give you a wider option for capturing landscapes of the show, too. Something like the smc DA 18-270mm lens will be ideal for this. 

There will likely be birds of prey, small animals and dog shows to have a go at photographing, and this is where a bit of zoom will come into its own to crop out fencing and hone in on your subject. Use a fast shutter speed to capture performing animals mid movement. 

As well as the animals, shows are a great opportunity for some candids of people sitting on the grass, enjoying themselves, as well as the trainers or keepers of the animals, as these can make for some interesting character shots. 

If you find your camera keeps under exposing the shot when you're out in the open and overexposing when you're taking photos when in marquees use exposure compensation and take a few test shots. You can get the same problem with horses too. Very dark horses can make the camera think it needs to overexpose the shot which makes them appear lighter than they are, while white horses will cause the opposite problem.

There will also be the opportunity for some close-up macro shots of crafts or home-made baking at many fayres too. Make sure you ask permission before shooting someone's merchandise. These can make great images of the fresh local produce available. 


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